La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Ranked #25
Ranked #13,778
3.94 | pDev: 10.66%
Wednesday at 02:19 PM
Nov 08, 2001
Very Good
La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
Notes: La Trappe Dubbel has a deep brown colour and attractive beige froth. The use of caramel malt gives it a gentle aromatic caramelised quality. It has a rich malty flavour with a touch of sweetness. Post-fermenting La Trappe Dubbel is a smooth drink, and yet has some real body and intense flavour to it.
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4 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on May 03, 2022
4.3 by ptarmigan98 from Alaska on Mar 13, 2022
3.49 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky on Feb 20, 2022
3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 28, 2022
3.63 by Wer34truh from Minnesota on Jan 25, 2022
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4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark reddish orange with a fine, two finger khaki head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of pale malt, Belgian yeast, apple, raisins and a hint of clove and mineral. Flavor is caramel malt, raisins, apple and pear, mild light and dark stone fruit with some clove in the finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess and sharp carbonation. Classic dubbel profile of Belgian yeast and mixed fruit. The carbonation is a bit over the top at first, which masks the flavors, but a light, fairly complex profile if slowly revealed into a caramel and fruit finish with some light spicing. I realized while reviewing this that if I want a Belgian, I will almost always grab a Rochfort 10, but I'm doing myself a disservice ignoring the dubbels. I like the fruit flavor mixture and caramel notes in the malt. This is a fine Trappist ale and a great tasting Belgian dubbel. The La Trappe ales disappeared in my area with the decline and eventual demise of Shelton Bros., glad they are showing up again.

Dec 24, 2021
4.01 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Oct 10, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dwillie733 from Pennsylvania

Good trappist beer. Love the smell and taste. Definitely would buy again. One of the best beers I have had. Dark but not bitter. Higher alcohol but not overpowering.

Jun 13, 2021
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

This one certainly has a lot more going than the Blond/Enkel. Moderate aroma of oak, spices, dried fruits and English pipe tobacco (before smoking!) Delightful flavour of gently roasted malts, some yeast and spices. Moreish indeed, I hate myself for buying only one bottle! Moderate hops in the aftertaste. I'm looking forward to the Triple!

Apr 10, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Anders91 from California

Look: amber with lots of carbonation and a thick cream head

Smell: yeast, malt, a little bit of raisin, some iron too

Taste: dark fruit, malt, yeast, bread, much better than the smell most of the iron is gone in the flavor, though I want more fruit

Feel: very bubbly

Apr 10, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by krunchie from Sweden

Look: Deep red copper. I love the reddish color! Off-white head, disappears quite quickly. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Banana and red berries, cherries, caramel and light milk chocolate.

Taste: Strong banana and cherry candy flavor. Very fruity, sweet and fruit candy-like. Some dark faint spice flavor in the finish, perhaps a bit allspice and/or nutmeg.

Feel: Slick mouthfeel, but quite carbonated and easy-drinking.

Overall: Banana and cherry candy bomb. Quite drinkable, but the fruit candy flavor becomes a bit too much after half a bottle. If you like fruity and estery dubbels, this one's for you!

Feb 24, 2021
4.02 by arzt from Russian Federation on Feb 16, 2021
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3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: semi sweet, malty, raisins, slight tart, spice bread, creamy mouth. Same with the nose. Brown color hue, clear, tan average head and lace. Medium body. Pair well with food.

Jan 17, 2021
4.32 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts on Jan 15, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Captain68 from Russian Federation


Jan 10, 2021
3.5 by DvdP from Netherlands on Oct 14, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by The_Bujon from Ireland

Pours a light brown, small caramel head, lacing is good.

Aroma is pleasant, toffee, figs and malt, quite sweet with a touch of irony metallic.

Taste is very good, sweetness is carried through from the aroma along with the toffee and figs.

Feel is very smooth and drinkable, only slight obscured by that artificial metallic sweetness.

Overall, very solid dubbel from a mass producer.

Jul 05, 2020
3.91 by Askala from Spain on May 17, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by misteil from Ireland

look: dark brown mahogany coloured beer, one finger thick smooth off white head with good retention and a tonne of lacing, very elegant looking beer.

smell: much like their tripel, there’s this very dominant banana aroma, although there is also a lot of spice, clove, roasted smokey malt flavours, caramel, orange and lemon peel, dark fruits, some nutmeg maybe, alcohol is well hidden but there’s somewhat of a presence.

taste: a smack of malt at first, somewhat bready and earthy, some nutty flavours, then a caramel syrupy sweetness alongside those banana flavours, floral and herbal, fig and plum, and then a smoky finish with a hit of spice, a bit of bitterness on the finish too, perhaps a tad metallic.

feel: medium to full bodied, light carbonation, sticky, a touch oily, certainly a pop of spice on the tongue, a bit of warming of the back of the throat,

overall: way better than their tripel, which granted is still good, but this is most pleasant indeed, i’ve ordered a bottle of their quad and i’m now looking forward to that even more.

May 05, 2020
3.75 by Pisshhead from Ireland on Apr 12, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Pablcol from Spain

Bottle, bb Nov 2022, pretty fresh.

Served in a goblet, at around 7ºC, a bit cold so I let it settle and heat a bit at room temperature. When poured, it formed a thick, bubbly, white collar, it went down a few moments later.

It had a deep brown colour, with red-ish undertones when viewed in front of light. Very nice look for brown ale.

In nose, a sweet and spicy aroma is the first thing it comes to mind, also a bit malty and not at all alcoholic.

When tasted, the first flavor is deeply spicy, specifically clove and black pepper, it's surprisingly easy to drink. It lingered in my mouth for some time, and numbs it a bit, but overall is very tasty and pleasant.

Mar 28, 2020
3.77 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Mar 10, 2020
3.93 by dbauer from California on Feb 16, 2020
3.83 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Jan 23, 2020
4.2 by EOC from Mexico on Jan 01, 2020
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4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by KooVee from Finland

33cl, still well over 2y to go, so very fresh.

Deep copper, verging on mahogany. Clear. Plenty of fine-grained foam and lace that sticks.

Nose is primarily all kinds of candied fruit and brown sugar. Some nutmeg riding on pleasant background alcohol. Overall an enticing, thick scent.

Taste is very balanced... the candied fruit is all there, but the sweetness is controlled by having just light enough body and some hop-derived bitterness around the edges. A bit, but just a hint, really, of cellar in the moderately long aftertaste.

Delightful, supremely drinkable for the style, and probably my favorite dubbel. Usually these tire your palate but this one is an exception.

Dec 25, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by OlaB from Norway

Pours a dark-brown color with a medium top off beige head that dissolves slowly.
Aroma is of dark malts, caramel,cherries, plums,raisins ,brown sugar and spices.
The taste is sweet and malty with nice notes off dried fruits,caramel, toasted malts and spices. The malt notes keeps all to the end and leaves a long aftertaste. Nicely ballanced.
Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A very solid and nice example of a dubbel.

Nov 29, 2019
3.64 by Ajlvt from Washington on Nov 29, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Deep ruby/chestnut, clear (poured carefully, it's bottle conditioned). Pours with 3mm fine-bubble pale tan head.
S- Deep, puddingy, luxurious.
T- Toasty, chilled British Xmas pudding (deep fruity complexity) with occasional glimpses of aromatic spices now and again.
F- It has a lovely balance between it's ABV% being apparent, a solid flavour yet still being balanced by hoppy dryness.
O- This seems a versatile beer, great for winter and not too OTT (Tripel, Quad etc) to be enjoyed in summer.
330ml bottle: BB: 11/2021
p.s. I served this straight from the fridge. In retrospect I think the flavour would have opened up even more if I'd have served it a touch warmer

Nov 16, 2019
4.02 by travelguy from Ohio on Oct 22, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by Lanas from Greece

Really great beer to drink like the "La Trappe Quardrupel" despite they are two different beers.. This is very strong and powerfull beer that can easy cover your month with high carboration and with alcohol.. Remind me little bit the "Rochefort 10" on that..
The taste is like sweet and bitter with a lot of caramel and chocolate tunes.. And the after taste is the best thing here.. You feel the chocolate very hard in your month..
Overall amazing beer to drink.. I feel is a safe choice to get any kind of "La trappe" beer..

Sep 14, 2019
3.93 by alexsergio from New York on Aug 09, 2019
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jun 22, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Part of Belgian Dubbel Day. Thanks for the idea @Zid!
Pouring a cellar temp 750 Corked and caged bottle into my Westmalle goblet. The beer pours a clear mahogany color with a fizzy and short lived foam of about 2 cm. The foam is khaki to almost orange or copper colored and is completely gone about 15 seconds after pouring the beer.
The aroma is caramel malt and some dark fruit, figs and plums mainly, I also get a bit of brown sugar and red grapes. A complex, but mild nose overall. No hop character and the abv is well hidden on the nose.
Moving to first sip, the beer has an average body and very fine and gentle rolling carbonation. The texture is smooth and it does leave a bit of a coating on my palate after each swallow.
The flavor is sweet with brown sugar and caramel dominant. I also get figs and plum here with no hops again. the ABV is well hidden and the beer drinks very easy. This is a generally sweet brew and I enjoy the mix of flavors. Ive been on a stout kick lately, but this tasting reminds me that I like this style. Will have to pick up a few more in the style in the near future.

Jun 16, 2019
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3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark mahogany coloration that turns amber when held up to the light and a large, fluffy head. Smell is quite sweet, dominated by caramel malt and muscovado sugar, with only faint hints of estery fruit and spice coming through. Taste follows the nose, being quite sweet, almost cloying, with the caramel malt and muscovado sugar standing out particularly and the bready malt and estery yeast notes taking a backseat, although there are also some dark/red fruit notes of fig, date and redcurrant to this, with a somewhat prevalent candy apple (glucose syrup) character as well. The typical estery banana and clove notes stay in the background, only coming out a little more in the aftertaste. Finishes quite sweet, with some caramel malt, candy apple (glucose syrup) and estery fruit/spice lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is by far the sweetest Dubbel I've had so far, bordering on cloying, with all the dominating flavors being caramel malt, muscovado sugar, candy apple and glucose syrup and very little opposing flavors to balance things out. I actually found it difficult to finish this one because of the cloying sweetness. At least it has a very nice, full, almost creamy mouthfeel though.

Jun 15, 2019
4.16 by Daniel473 from Netherlands on Jun 05, 2019
La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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